Paul Brach Lecture Series: Jesal Kapadia
ART: Jesal Kapadia is an artist from Mumbai and a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. She currently teaches at MIT in the department of Art Culture and Technology. Employing mediums such as the book, the archive and the photograph, as well as experimental film, video and performance, her work explores the potential forms of non-capitalist subjectivities. Her interests lie in an ethical praxis of being-in-common, and the cultivation of an awareness of art that is place-based, diversified, multiple, small-scale, cooperative and autonomous.
Over the last ten years, Jesal has collectively edited art for Rethinking Marxism (a journal of economics, culture and society) as well as organized and participated in events with members of 16beaver group (an artist community in downtown New York that functions as an open platform for discussion, critique and collaboration). She has taught and
developed a number of courses and seminars at various schools, including, the International Center for Photography, New School for Public Engagement, Cooper Union School
of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work in different classrooms and with the two collectives has further enabled her explorations into the fragile but dynamic exchange between art and organizing, art and social change, and art and pedagogy. She has exhibited her work both locally and internationally; most recent screenings, installations and workshops include the ‘And And And’ platform at Documenta 13 in Kassel, ‘Fiat: Experiments in Financial Semantics’ at the Neiman Gallery in Columbia University, ‘Prolonged Engagement’ at EFA Project Space in New York and ‘Art and Revolution’ at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit.